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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Virginia Reinstates, Expands Concealed-Carry Reciprocity

Virginia political leaders have reached an agreement that will restore and promote concealed-carry reciprocity for permit holders in the commonwealth and around the country. NRA took the lead in negotiating the agreement that resulted in H.B. 1163 and S.B. 610 being signed into law late last week. 

“Now, more than 6 million law-abiding gun owners will be free to travel in and out of Virginia with their Second Amendment rights intact,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “Self-defense is a fundamental right that must be respected. Concealed-carry permit holders are the safest citizens in both Virginia and around the country.” 

In December, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring severed reciprocity agreements with half the country. These new bills reverse his action, and expand the number of states included. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg made Virginia a priority in the last elections, pouring millions into the state to advance gun control. His failure, and this reversal, is a reminder that gun control is not a winning issue in Virginia.